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Mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings Jan 30, 2020
New Transportation Initiatives to Move Central Florida
New Transportation Initiatives to Move Central Florida

Jerry Demings, Mayor of Orange County, assumed office in December 2018, becoming the first African-American to do so.   As mayor he chairs the county commission and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the county government, overseeing over 7,000 employees with an annual budget of over $3 billion. It is the most powerful elected office in Central Florida.

Jerry previously served as Sheriff of Orange County, Florida, from 2009 to December 2018. As sheriff of Orange County, Demings targeted high crime areas with the establishment of new substations in both residential and tourist areas. He was an innovator in 21st Century policing and started programs like Tourist Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing units centered on proactive policing throughout Orange County.

After retiring from the City of Orlando with 21 years of service, including six years (1998-2004) as Chief of Police, he was appointed as Deputy County Administrator and Public Safety Director. He played a pivotal leadership role in the response to the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. In addition, he served as Interim Orange County Jail Director for seven months. He was part of the mayor’s senior leadership team responsible for managing all county operations until January 2008. He was instrumental in the $100 million plus jail expansion, served on the Jail Oversight Commission, oversaw the opening of new fire stations and implementation of the countywide Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.

 


 

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Vice Admiral David L. Brewer, III Feb 06, 2020

During his 35 year naval career, Vice Admiral Brewer served as Commander, Military Sealift Command, leading a fleet of 120 ships.  He also commanded Amphibious Group Three, a combat group of 17 ships.  On the path to flag officer, he commanded two ships, the USS Bristol County (LST 1189) and the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).  During these two command tours, his ships won numerous awards for combat efficiency and community service.  During his career, he earned numerous prestigious military awards.

After retiring from the Navy, Vice Admiral Brewer was named as the 46th Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he served from November 2006 to December 2008.  LAUSD is the second largest school district in the US, with over 700,000 students, 100,000 full and part-time employees and over 800 schools.  Under his leadership, the District had its highest academic gains in over five years, increasing the graduation rate while reducing the dropout rate by 17% 

He is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where he was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit established by the U.S. Navy at a historically black university.  Raised in Orlando, he is a distinguished graduate of Jones High School. 

Vice Admiral Brewer is also the recipient of the Onyx Magazine state of Florida’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is married to Dr. Richardene “Deanie” Brewer, a distinguished educator of over 30 years. They have a daughter, Stacey, who is an attorney.

 


 

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Derric Johnson & The Ladies Four Feb 13, 2020
A Special Valentines Program
A Special Valentines Program

It is our pleasure to welcome back Derric Johnson and The Ladies Four.  The Ladies 4 are an amazing singing group with extraordinary talent. We are privileged to have them return for this Valentines luncheon.

Many of you will remember that Mr. Derric Johnson is the creator of Disney’s Voices of Liberty, a nationally recognized group which has performed at Disney for decades. All of the ladies have performed in groups related to Voices of Liberty. 

 


 

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